GuardBytes Plus Virus – Removal Instructions
GuardBytes Plus is one of the most recent variants from the FakeVimes family of malware and rogueware. Quite simply, GuardBytes Plus is a virus itself, even though it appears to be a real application. GuardBytes Plus poses as genuine antivirus software, but in actuality, it reports false errors and warning messages in order to scare users. Cyber criminals use the fake program in an attempt to extort money out of users by urging them to purchase the bogus full version of the software. GuardBytes Plus is not only capable of intimidating users into paying for false protection, but it also poses a threat to the machine in question.
GuardBytes Plus is capable of manipulating system processes, disrupting user activity, and it could even be used in theory by hackers to exploit and take advantage of the system. It’s significantly urged that users not pay money for this bogus software. Not only is GuardBytes Plus fake, but choosing to purchase the software is a waste of money, and it’s an effective way to distribute your personal information to cyber criminals. This can easily make you vulnerable to identity or credit card theft/fraud.
GuardBytes Plus initially makes its way onto a computer by means of email spam, attack websites, or other methods. Once the software is downloaded, the infection immediately begins. The GuardBytes Plus will open and the software will a complete a first time scan. The scan results will be comprised of a long list of malware. Regardless of whether or not the machine in question actually has other malware on it, the GuardBytes Plus scan results will always report that many threats have been found. Once the results are displayed to the user, it will urge them to purchase the full version of the software in order to remove the threats.
As time goes on, GuardBytes Plus will continue to urge the user to purchase a full version of the software. Additionally, it will prevent integral system processes from executing. For example, the included “firewall” in GuardBytes Plus might prevent the system internet browser from executing. The firewall alert will be paired with the option of purchasing the full version of GuardBytes Plus in order to persuade users to pay money. As usual, it’s not recommended that you pay money for the bogus “full version.”
Step-by-Step GuardBytes Plus Virus Removal Instructions
The Virus Help Center has carefully created these instructions in order to make the removal of the GuardBytes Plus virus as easy as possible.
**PLEASE REMEMBER** – If the computer that is infected with the GuardBytes Plus virus is running Microsoft’s “Windows 8” operating system, please use this Windows 8 Virus Removal Instructions page.
1. Restart the Computer into Safe Mode with Networking
The GuardBytes Plus virus is usually a lot less active in Safe Mode with Networking. This will allow you to bypass the virus and install the GuardBytes Plus Virus Removal software.
How to boot into Safe Mode with Networking:
a. Turn off the computer and wait 1 minute
b. Turn on the computer and immediately begin pressing the “F8” button multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced options menu
c. When the Windows Advanced options menu appears, select “Safe Mode with Networking” and press “ENTER”
2. Install Spyhunter 4
The software we recommend to remove GuardBytes Plus has received awards for its virus removal capabilities and is used by millions worldwide.
Install Spyhunter 4:
a. Click the “Windows” key and the “R” key to open the Run box (See Image below)
b. Type the following into the Run Command box: iexplore http://virushelpcenter.com/fix and press “ENTER”
c. After pressing “OK” the installation will begin and you will be asked to “Run” or “Save”- Select “RUN”
3. Complete the Scan and Remove the GuardBytes Plus Virus
The software will automatically begin the scanning process and once completed will show the results of all the infections found. Please Note: the scan results will show the files names and not the actual name of the particular virus.
Fully remove GuardBytes Plus:
a. Click “Fix” when the virus scan is complete.
b. Register Spyhunter to completely remove the GuardBytes Plus virus.
c. Spyhunter will remove the GuardBytes Plus virus and protect you from future threats.